Kukla, January 13, 2013 (view all comments by Kukla)
A Primate's Memoir is easily the best nonfiction book I have read this past year -- I can't wait to read it again! Sapolsky guides you through numerous African adventures with humor and ease, so vividly that they become your adventures too. The book is full of earnest, easy humor and pathos, and his baboons have an almost human character and life. I miss those baboons already. I will definitely be reading more of Sapolsky's books!
maylingkuo, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by maylingkuo)
For me, this book has it all. It's smart, witty, laugh-out-loud and surprising. You travel with Sapolsky and his adventures among the baboons, finding yourself lost in their relationships and tense during Sapolsky's moments traveling across Africa. I find myself recommending it to so many types of personalities from scientists to nature-lovers to the curious...what are you waiting for? You'll breeze through the pages, wanting to know what happens next!
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ashevillelibrarian, January 4, 2008 (view all comments by ashevillelibrarian)
Gosh, I loved this book. I kept coming across it and thinking I really should read it, as I'm a sucker for primate stories like Washoe's in Next of Kin. Had I known what fun and how full of surprises A Primate's Memoir would be, I would've picked it up much sooner. A scientist with gift for story and humor, such as Sapolsky has, is a fine combination.
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A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life among the Baboons
Used Trade Paper
Robert M. Sapolsky
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Scribner Book Company -
I never imagined that a book written by a primate behaviorologist would make me laugh out loud. Sapolsky is a born storyteller, and I found his experiences of twenty years in Africa studying baboons absolutely fascinating. You get to know the baboons, and feel sympathy for them as you would any character in the best of novels. You chuckle at the naiveté of the narrator as he describes his experiences with culture shock, and then wonder if you could have done any better. My favorite bit is his description of learning to tranquilize baboons with a blow gun. He gets so good at it he plots how to dart people coming into the movie theatre after he returns home in order to stay in practice.
by Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review),
"A witty concoction blending field biology, history, hilarious cross-cultural mishaps, and hair-raising adventure....brilliant."
by Publishers Weekly (Starred Review),
"As funny and irreverent as a good ol' boy regaling his friends with vacation-from-hell stories...filled with cyncisim and awe, passion and humor..."
by Pete Dexter, author of Paris Trout and The Paperboy,
"What you have in your hands is the reason to read books."
by Norman Rush, author of Mating,
"This engrossing account of Robert Sapolsky's life in science...is brilliantly informative...and heartbreakingly acute."
by Caroline Knapp, author of Pack of Two,
"Sapolsky is a soulful, generous, and deeply intelligent guide. Loved him, loved his insights about these strange and distant cultures..."
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